• Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon

Annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Thursday, January 19, 2012
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Doors open at 12:45pm
Holiday Inn Boston at Beacon Hill
5 Blossom Street [map]
Ballroom - 15th Floor
Boston, MA 02114

This year’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon for Suffolk University will feature Dr. Boyce D. Watkins, one of the leading financial scholars and social commentators in America sharing a speech intitled "The Dream of Martin Luther King, Brought to You by Wal-Mart: America Keeps Getting It Wrong.". Dr. Watkins advocates for education, economic empowerment and social justice and has changed the definition of what it means to be a Black scholar and leader in America.

He is one of the founding fathers of the field of Financial Activism – The objective of creating social change through the use of conscientious capitalism. He is a Blue Ribbon Speaker with Great Black Speakers, Inc. and one of the most highly sought after public figures in the country.

In addition to publishing a multitude of scholarly articles on finance, education and black social commentary, Dr. Watkins has presented his message to millions, making regular appearances in various national media outlets, including CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, FOX News, BET, NPR, Essence Magazine, USA Today, The Today Show, ESPN, The Tom Joyner Morning Show and CBS Sports.

Educationally, Dr. Watkins earned B.A. and B.S. degrees with a triple major in Finance, Economics and Business Management. In college, he was selected by the Wall Street Journal as the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Finance. He then earned a Masters Degree in Mathematical Statistics from University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. in Finance from Ohio State University and was the only African-American in the world to earn a Ph.D. in Finance during the year 2002. He is currently a Finance Professor at Syracuse University and the founder of the Your Black World Coalition, with 55,000 members nation-wide.

S.O.U.L.S. Service Projects
In the spirit of MLK, S.O.U.L.S. will be coordinating two service projects within the Boston area on the day of the event. To sign up, select which option you are interested on when RSVPing for MLK luncheon or contact S.O.U.L.S. directly.

Boston Rescue Mission
Volunteers will be staffing the morning kitchen shift, preparing food, and serving a meal to BRM clients. More information about the Boston Rescue Mission can be found at www.brm.org.
Time: Meet in the Donahue Lobby at 8:30 am for a 9:00 am—12:00 pm service project.

Prison Book Program
Join us for an evening of service at the Prison Book Program in Quincy to help promote education and literacy for prisoners. Read letters from prisoners and sort and package books to be sent to them. Volunteers meet at the S.O.U.L.S. Center, Donahue 209, at 5:30 and travel together to Quincy. More information about the Prison Book Program can be found at www.prisonbookprogram.org
Time: Meet in the S.O.U.L.S. Center, Donahue 209, at 5:30 pm. Volunteers will travel to the Prison Book Program site in Quincy and serve until 8:00 pm.


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